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  • Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban mentioned his authorities was drafting a “warfare plan” to defend in opposition to the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic.

  • Greece, France and Palestine have all reported a file variety of each day coronavirus instances.

  • UN chief Antonio Guterres has urged international locations to search out $15bn through the subsequent three months to fund the ACT-Accelerator programme, a WHO-led world collaboration to hunt for a vaccine and coverings.

  • Greater than 27.9 million folks all over the world have been identified with the coronavirus and greater than 906,00Zero have died, in accordance with Johns Hopkins College. Some 18.eight million folks have recovered.

Listed here are the most recent updates:

Friday, September 11

17:05 GMT – Norway plans for brand new virus wave as instances spike

Norwegian well being authorities say the Scandinavian nation should “plan for a brand new, nationwide wave” of the coronavirus as Norway sees a spike within the variety of instances.

“If it ought to come, it’s extra seemingly that it’s going to occur within the autumn and winter when folks collect to a larger extent indoors,” the Norwegian Institute of Public Well being mentioned in a report revealed Friday.

Norway has recorded 11,866 instances and 265 deaths.

16:30 GMT – Hungary drafts ‘warfare plan’ as instances surge in japanese Europe

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban mentioned his authorities was drafting a “warfare plan” to defend in opposition to the second wave of the pandemic.

The plan’s goal was “not for everybody to remain at house and convey the nation to a halt … however to defend Hungary’s performance,” Orban mentioned.

The prime minister mentioned measures meant to guard the economic system and spur development could be launched within the coming weeks. Within the second quarter of the 12 months, Hungary’s gross home product fell 13.6 p.c, the worst drop within the area.

16:15 GMT – France seeing ‘clear worsening’ of COVID-19 outbreak

France is seeing an acceleration of the COVID-19 outbreak after a surge in infections however goals to keep away from any new nationwide lockdown, Prime Minister Jean Castex mentioned.

There’s a “clear worsening” in France of the unfold of COVID-19 which has “not lowered in depth” and “will nonetheless be with us for some months,” Castex mentioned in a televised assertion in Paris.

However he didn’t announce any main new restrictions, saying France’s goal is to “keep away from a basic lockdown” and reach dwelling with the virus by means of social distancing, mask-wearing and ramped-up testing.

15:45 GMT – Armenia land borders to stay closed till January over virus

Armenia has introduced its land borders would stay closed till January because the hard-hit Caucasus nation prolonged coronavirus restrictions.

International nationals won’t be able to cross Armenia’s land borders till January 11 and public gatherings of greater than 60 folks will even be banned into the brand new 12 months.

The restrictions are being imposed to halt the “unfold of the illness in Armenia” and shield public well being, the federal government mentioned.

15:15 GMT – Vatican-based Filipino cardinal assessments optimistic for coronavirus

Archbishop of Manila Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle celebrates mass at a solidarity marketing campaign in opposition to human rights abuses, in Quezon Metropolis, Philippines [File: Eloisa Lopez/Reuters]

Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle has turn out to be the highest-ranking Vatican official recognized to have examined optimistic for the coronavirus.

The Vatican mentioned Tagle, 63, a Filipino who heads the Vatican’s missionary arm, had examined optimistic when he arrived in Manila on Thursday.

Vatican spokesman Matteo Bruni mentioned Vatican well being officers have been checking individuals who had come into contact with Tagle in latest days. He didn’t say if this included the 83-year-old pope, who’s believed to be examined commonly.

14:45 GMT – First European ‘journey bubble’ ends as coronavirus instances spike in Estonia

The primary European pandemic “journey bubble”, created in Could by Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, was burst on Friday, as Latvia mentioned it’s mandating a 14-day quarantine on everybody arriving from Estonia.

Estonia has had 21 novel coronavirus infections per 100,00Zero inhabitants over the earlier two weeks, in accordance with European Centre for Illness Prevention and Management, passing the 16 threshold set by Latvia for necessary quarantine.

14:20 GMT – Dutch register 1,270 new coronavirus instances as surge continues

Dutch well being authorities have reported 1,270 new confirmed coronavirus instances within the Netherlands, near earlier file highs set in early April.

Regional well being authorities mentioned on Wednesday the nation’s testing capability is stretched to its limits and the Nationwide Institute for Well being (RIVM) mentioned in an replace on Tuesday that instances had risen by 50 p.c from the week earlier than.

13:50 GMT – Brazilian state of Bahia plans to purchase 50 million doses of Russia’s vaccine

The Brazilian state of Bahia has signed an settlement to conduct Section III scientific trials of Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine in opposition to COVID-19 and plans to purchase 50 million doses to market in Brazil, officers have mentioned.

Russia will promote as much as 50 million doses of the Sputnik-V vaccine to Bahia state, RDIF mentioned in a press release.

Governor Rui Costa mentioned an settlement was signed this week to undertake the trials and Bahia will obtain an preliminary 500 doses as quickly as Brazil’s well being regulator Anvisa approves the protocol for testing.


Good day, that is Linah Alsaafin taking up from my colleague Umut Uras.


12:45 GMT – Thailand finds second virus an infection after lengthy absence

Thai well being authorities confirmed one other coronavirus an infection had been detected within the nation, in an Uzbek skilled soccer participant, eight days after the virus resurfaced following a greater than three-month absence.

The person was optimistic after a compulsory pre-match take a look at on Tuesday, regardless of having accomplished quarantine on August 27 after three prior detrimental assessments, well being officers informed a information convention. The person, 29, arrived in Thailand on August 13.

Yong Poovorawan, a virology professional from Bangkok’s Chulalongkorn College, mentioned the virus incubation interval within the man would have been longer than 14 days and it was unlikely to have been domestically transmitted.

12:15 GMT – Switzerland studies 528 new coronavirus infections

Switzerland has reported 528 new instances of the coronavirus, the Federal Workplace of Public Well being mentioned, the best each day rise in infections since early April.

The overall variety of confirmed instances has now reached 46,239, the workplace mentioned, whereas the variety of COVID-19 deaths has risen by three to 1,740.

Passengers wear protective masks aboard a train of Swiss railway operator SBB, as the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak continues, at the Hauptbahnhof central station

Passengers put on protecting masks on a prepare of Swiss operator SBB [File: Reuters] 

11:40 GMT – One in 1,400 folks in England have COVID-19, ONS estimates

The UK’s Workplace for Nationwide Statistics estimated that 39,700 folks inside England had COVID-19 through the Aug 30-Sept 5 week, equating to about one in 1,400 folks.

The newest modelled estimates counsel that the variety of infections has elevated in latest weeks. Estimates counsel that there have been about 3,200 new instances per day locally inhabitants of England through the week.

That’s barely increased than the present official ranges of latest instances being reported throughout the entire of the UK. The UK recorded 2,919 new each day confirmed instances of COVID-19 on Thursday and a pair of,659 new instances on Wednesday.

11:00 GMT – Myanmar studies 115 new instances of coronavirus

Myanmar reported 115 new coronavirus instances, a day after imposing sweeping new lockdown measures in its battle on the second wave of infections.

The tally stands at 2,265 instances and 14 deaths after infections quadrupled over the past month, for the reason that virus resurfaced within the western state of Rakhine, following weeks with out a home case.

The well being ministry introduced 115 new instances in a Fb publish on Friday, following 142 reported on Thursday night.

10:30 GMT – Finland to ease journey restrictions on Sweden

Finland will ease tight restrictions on entry because it tries to draw enterprise travellers and vacationers earlier than winter, permitting arrivals from international locations with increased charges of coronavirus an infection together with its neighbour Sweden.

Beforehand, Finland had barred arrivals from international locations with greater than 10 instances of coronavirus an infection per 100,00Zero folks, a threshold which excluded travellers from many European international locations. The exclusion of Swedes was notably disruptive, because the neighbours are shut allies.

From September 19, the edge for international locations to achieve unrestricted entry will rise to 25 instances per 100,000. Travellers from international locations the place the speed is increased will even be allowed in in the event that they current a detrimental take a look at end result. They need to then stay underneath self-quarantine, both for 2 weeks or till they produce a second detrimental take a look at.

10:00 GMT – Malaysia studies 182 new virus instances

Malaysia reported 182 new coronavirus instances, the sharpest rise in additional than three months with no new deaths, the well being ministry mentioned.

The brand new infections marked the most important leap since June 4, when 277 instances and one dying have been reported.

Malaysia presently has 9,810 confirmed coronavirus infections, together with 128 deaths.

Passengers wearing protective masks wait in line to board a bus at a bus station, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Kuala Lumpur

Passengers carrying protecting masks wait in line to board a bus at a bus station in Kuala Lumpur [File: Reuters] 

09:20 GMT – Austria expands face masks requirement as instances rise

Austria will tighten up on mask-wearing and social distancing at public occasions and in eating places from Monday in response to the rise within the unfold of the coronavirus pandemic within the nation, Chancellor Sebastian Kurz mentioned.

Sporting of masks might be obligatory in outlets, public transport and in faculties outdoors school rooms from Monday, he mentioned. Personal occasions might be restricted to 50 individuals indoors and 100 outside, whereas professionally organised seated occasions may run to as much as 1,500 folks indoors and three,00Zero outside.

The each day variety of infections has been rising since late June and reached 644 on Thursday, the best quantity since late March, when an preliminary spike in infections was fading underneath a nationwide lockdown.

08:45 GMT – India studies world file each day leap of 96,551 instances

India reported one other file each day leap of 96,551 coronavirus instances, which can be the best world each day enhance, taking its caseload to 4.5 million.

Deaths have remained comparatively low, however are seeing an upward pattern. As many as 1,209 folks died from COVID-19, India’s well being ministry mentioned, taking whole deaths to 76,271.

08:10 GMT – Russia studies 5,504 new instances, 102 deaths

Russia reported 5,504 new coronavirus instances, bringing the nationwide tally to 1,051,874, the fourth largest on the planet.

Authorities mentioned 102 folks had died up to now 24 hours, pushing the official dying toll to 18,365.

Russia's coronavirus cases rise to 687,862

Greater than 100 folks had died up to now 24 hours, pushing the official dying toll to 18,365. [Reuters] 

07:40 GMT – Hungary’s each day virus infections tally hits new file at 718

Hungary reported 718 new coronavirus instances on Friday, the best each day tally so far, the federal government mentioned.

The nation has reported 10,909 coronavirus instances with 631 deaths up to now.

Prime Minister Viktor Orban mentioned earlier within the day that Hungary wouldn’t impose blanket faculty closures, however would goal to guard essentially the most susceptible aged because the objective was to maintain the economic system going.

07:10 GMT – Czech Republic studies 1,382 new instances, greatest each day rise

The Czech Republic reported 1,382 new coronavirus instances, the best single-day tally so far, extending a renewed spike in infections that has led authorities to impose tighter face-mask necessities.

The each day rise introduced by the well being ministry introduced the whole variety of the central European nation’s infections to 32,413.

The Czech authorities on Thursday ordered folks to put on face masks inside buildings because the each day new case depend topped 1,00Zero for the primary time, however has up to now opted to keep away from bringing again different powerful measures that may damage companies.

06:45 – Hungary is not going to impose blanket faculty closure to curb virus: PM 

Hungary is not going to impose blanket faculty closures to curb the unfold of the coronavirus however will goal to guard essentially the most susceptible aged as the principle objective is to maintain the economic system going, Prime Minister Viktor Orban mentioned on state radio.

Orban mentioned {that a} necessary carrying of masks on public transport have to be enforced.

He additionally mentioned the Visegrad states of the EU – Hungary, Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Poland – will coordinate their measures to struggle the second wave of the pandemic. Premiers of the 4 states will meet in Poland later within the day.

Victor Orban

Orban says {that a} necessary carrying of masks on public transport might be enforced [File:Reuters]

05:45 GMT – Ukraine studies file each day excessive of three,144 new instances

Ukraine registered a file 3,144 new instances of the novel coronavirus up to now 24 hours, the nationwide safety council mentioned, up from a earlier file of two,836 registered on September 5.

The council mentioned a complete of 148,756 instances have been registered in Ukraine as of September 11, with 3,076 deaths.


Good day, that is Umut Uras in Doha taking up from my colleague Zaheena Rasheed.


05:06 GMT – India orders states to develop coronavirus testing

India’s well being ministry has requested states to permit coronavirus testing on demand with out a physician’s prescription because the nation logged one other file leap in each day instances.

It additionally mentioned some detrimental speedy antigen assessments ought to be redone by means of the extra dependable RT-PCR methodology, the gold normal of coronavirus assessments that appears for the genetic code of the virus.

The retesting order utilized to individuals who had detrimental outcomes however had fever, coughing or breathlessness, or individuals who developed these COVID-19 signs inside three days of their detrimental take a look at outcomes.






India has world’s second-highest variety of COVID-19 instances (2:30)

04:31 GMT – Australia to host Rugby Championship in November-December

Australia will host the southern hemisphere’s four-nation Rugby Championship (TRC) from November 7 – December 12, the game’s governing physique SANZAAR mentioned in a press release.

“Historically TRC is performed as a world, cross-border collection of house and away matches between Argentina, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa however as a result of pandemic that is clearly not attainable this 12 months,” SANZAAR Chief Govt Andy Marinos mentioned.

“Now we have, subsequently, labored very exhausting as a bunch to make sure TRC takes place this 12 months, albeit in a single nation, and SANZAAR was meticulous in assessing the 2 choices for internet hosting introduced to it by New Zealand Rugby and Rugby Australia.”






INSIDE STORY | Is the coronavirus pandemic an opportunity to sort out local weather change? (24:58)

03:58 GMT – China logs 15 new instances, all imported

Mainland China reported 15 new coronavirus instances on the finish of Thursday, up from seven instances a day earlier.

The Nationwide Well being Fee mentioned in a press release all the instances have been imported infections involving travellers from abroad, marking the 26th straight day of no native infections.

03:13 GMT – Kosovo battles outbreak of virus deniers

Kosovo’s authorities is letting within the media into beforehand sealed hospital wards to movie the struggling of coronavirus sufferers after a brand new ballot confirmed {that a} third of the inhabitants imagine the pandemic is a pure hoax, the AFP information company reported.

“Inform these outdoors who do not imagine what you noticed right here,” an exhausted aged man, recovering on the infectious illness clinic after a two-week battle with the respiratory illness, informed a neighborhood TV channel.

“Do not joke with this. How can anybody imagine a lie that the virus doesn’t exist?” he implored.

Kosovo had its deadliest month but in August with practically 300 deaths – a toll increased than all of the three prior months mixed.

02:46 GMT – South Korea sees uptick in instances

South Korea posted 176 new coronavirus instances on Friday, a slight enhance from the 156 and 155 instances reported on Wednesday and Thursday, respectively.

Seoul is battling a recent wave of infections that erupted at a church and drove the nation’s each day tally to 441 in August.

The numbers have steadily dropped for the reason that authorities imposed strict social distancing guidelines, however Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun mentioned the constant outbreaks are deepening issues whether or not the federal government ought to prolong or ease the curbs, together with an unprecedented ban on nightly on-site eating within the larger Seoul space, due on Sunday.

“It will be proper to elevate the restrictions, contemplating the sacrifices the individuals are making, however we’re as a lot nervous if any hasty easing would result in a respread of the virus and trigger even larger ache for the general public,” Chung informed a gathering.

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Hyundai Heavy Industries workers wait in line to take assessments for the COVID-19 coronavirus at a virus testing station within the southeastern port metropolis of Ulsan on September 9, 2020 [Yonhap/ AFP]

02:13 GMT – Curfew to stay as Australia’s Victoria studies 43 new instances

Daniel Andrews, the premier of Australia’s Victoria, mentioned a curfew imposed to include the state’s coronavirus outbreak will stay in place as well being officers reported 43 new instances and 9 deaths within the final 24 hours.

“The curfew place in the intervening time is not going to be altering. As a result of it’s working,” he informed reporters, dismissing claims the lockdown violated human rights.

A flare-up in instances pressured the Victoria authorities to place the state into a tough lockdown in early August. Nevertheless it has helped to convey down the each day rise in infections to double digits in latest days after it touched highs of greater than 700.

01:54 GMT – Myanmar suspends home flights

A home flight ban got here into impact in Myanmar on Friday, with Myanmar Nationwide Airways, Air KBZ, Air Thanlwin and different airways saying the suspension of their providers, many for at the very least two weeks.

Some 21 Yangon townships have been additionally underneath stay-at-home order after authorities recorded 120 new instances and two deaths on Thursday. 

01:22 GMT – Dozens charged in US for stealing $70m in pandemic help

Scammers have stolen $70m from a programme supporting US companies damage by the coronavirus downturn, resulting in fees in opposition to 57 folks together with an NFL participant, the Justice Division mentioned.

Brian C Rabbitt, an appearing assistant legal professional basic for the felony division, informed reporters the alleged fraudsters tried to pay money for greater than $175m from the Paycheck Safety Program (PPP). Of the $70m that was stolen, the federal government has recovered or frozen $30m.

“The quantity of fraud that we have uncovered so far and that we have prosecuted so far is important,” Rabbitt mentioned. “Given what we have seen up to now, we imagine that there’s an extra set of fraudulent exercise on the market that we intend to proceed pursuing.”

00:53 GMT – Colombia to progressively reopen worldwide flights

Maria Orozco, Colombia’s transport minister, mentioned worldwide flights to and in another country will start progressively, beginning on September 21, following a six-month hiatus to include the unfold of coronavirus.

The well being ministry is drawing up safety protocols that embody requiring travellers to take coronavirus assessments and for his or her outcomes to be detrimental, Orozco mentioned.

The resumption of worldwide flights will depend upon vacation spot international locations, airport capability and the curiosity of the airways, she added.

00:29 GMT – Canada’s Quebec units stricter masks guidelines

Quebec, Canada’s second-most-populous province, will tremendous anybody who doesn’t put on a masks in an enclosed public house amid an uptick in new coronavirus instances.

“We can’t settle for that a number of irresponsible people are placing our complete society in danger. So, I feel it is time to crack down,” Quebec Premier Francois Legault informed a information convention.

The brand new measures will come into impact on Saturday. The quantities are but to be introduced.






WHO COVID Debrief on mass gatherings (4:26)

00:11 GMT – Latin America passes eight million instances

The variety of confirmed coronavirus infections topped eight million in Latin America, the area with essentially the most infections on the planet, although there have been indications the unfold of the virus was slowing in some international locations.

Through the previous week, the each day common of instances within the area fell to 67,173 by means of Wednesday from 80,512 within the earlier seven days, in accordance with a tally by the Reuters Information Company.

Brazil, struggling the worst outbreak within the area, stayed atop the Latin American tables for coronavirus instances and deaths, recording a complete of 4.2 million infections and greater than 128,00Zero deaths. Nonetheless, Brazilian officers famous a lower in infections in latest days.

The common variety of instances additionally fell barely in Peru, Colombia and Mexico, the international locations with essentially the most infections after Brazil.

00:01 GMT – Brazil’s Bahia state to check Russia’s vaccine

The Brazilian state of Bahia signed an settlement to conduct phase-three scientific trials for Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine in opposition to COVID-19 and plans to purchase 50 million doses to market in Brazil, officers mentioned.

Governor Rui Costa mentioned a confidentiality settlement was signed on Tuesday to undertake the trials and Bahia will obtain an preliminary 500 doses as quickly as Brazil’s well being regulator Anvisa approves the protocol for testing.

If the trials which can be anticipated to start out in October are profitable, Bahia will look to market the Russian vaccine in Brazil by means of its pharmaceutical analysis centre Bahiafarma, the state’s well being secretary Fabio Vilas-Boas mentioned in a press release.


Good day and welcome to Al Jazeera’s persevering with protection of the coronavirus pandemic. I am Zaheena Rasheed in Male, Maldives. 

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